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Bruce Jennings, M.A.

Director of Bioethics
Bruce Jennings, M.A.

Bruce Jennings is Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature where he engages in research, writing, public speaking, and consulting. He is the editor of the Center’s electronic journal, Minding Nature.

He holds part-time faculty appointments at Yale University, the New York Medical College, and the Weill-Cornell Medical School. He also is Senior Advisor and an elected Fellow at The Hastings Center, a research institute that studies ethical and social issues in medicine and the life sciences, where he served as Executive Director from 1991-1999.

In 2011 Mr. Jennings was named Editor-in-Chief of the new 4th edition of Bioethics (formerly the Encyclopedia of Bioethics) 6 vols. (Macmillan Reference/Cengage Learning, 2014 in press), a standard reference work in the field of bioethics.

He has done work in the area of educational and curriculum development and has co-developed three major curricula: The Decisions Near the End of Life Program (Education Development Center, 1989-96); New Choices, New Responsibilities: Ethical Issues in the Life Sciences (The Hastings Center, 1990-1996) and Ethics and Public Health: Model Curriculum (Association of Schools of Public Health, 2003).

Mr. Jennings is active on numerous boards and in community service. He is an elected trustee of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and works on conservation and sustainability issues in the Hudson Valley. He currently serves as chair of the bioethics advisory committee of the March of Dimes. He is immediate past-chair-elect of the ethics special interest group of the American Public Health Association. From 2003-2009 he served first as member and subsequently as Chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has been a member of the boards of directors of several scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (2000-2003) and the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (1997-2003).

A political scientist by training (Yale University B.A. 1971 and Princeton University M.A. 1973), he has written and edited twenty-eight books and has published over one hundred fifty articles on bioethics and public policy issues. Among his recent books are The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life, Revised and Expanded Second Edition (2013), Public Health Ethics: Theory, Policy and Practice (2007), and The Perversion of Autonomy: the Proper Uses of Coercion and Constraints in a Liberal Society, 2nd. Ed. (2003).

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